Left-handed reliever Jake McGee found a new home after one season in Los Angeles, agreeing to a reported two-year deal with the Giants, per multiple reports.
Sources: Jake McGee in agreement with the San Francisco Giants, pending physical.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) February 9, 2021
He joins Alex Wood as Dodgers to sign with the Giants this offseason. Wood inked a one-year, $3 million deal with San Francisco in January.
McGee was remarkably effective in 2020 with the Dodgers, posting a 2.66 ERA and 1.67 FIP in 24 games in relief, striking out 33 against only three walks in 20⅓ innings. He led all Dodgers in strikeout rate (41.7 percent) and FIP, and was even more dominant against right-handers, holding them to just 7-for-52 (.135/.167/.269) while striking out more than half of his batters faced from the opposite side.
McGee found his success with the simplest of plans, throwing his four-seam fastball a whopping 96.4 percent of the time, throwing just 12 non-fastballs all season.
The Dodgers signed McGee for a pro-rated share of the league minimum salary in July, just days before the season began, after the Rockies released the left-hander in the final year of his contract.
Despite being used in high-leverage situations during the season, McGee was used sparingly in the postseason, pitching in only four of the Dodgers’ 18 games. He didn’t pitch in the first two rounds, threw in three games in the NLCS and once in the World Series. McGee’s use was so infrequent he was asked during the Fall Classic if he was hurt.
“I am healthy, and I think when the matchups line up the right way, like the last series against Atlanta you had really good matchups and here I have good matchups, too,” McGee said. “It just depends on the game and where it is in the lineup.”
McGee, 34, in 11 major league seasons with the Rays, Rockies, and Dodgers has a 3.59 ERA (120 ERA+), 3.39 FIP, and 530 strikeouts in 475⅔ innings.